1) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
Released: March, 1973.
Genres: Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock.
The Dark Side Of The Moon is the only concept album in history to sell more than 40 million copies worldwide. It’s concept: Chronicles the modern pressures (materialism, encroaching old age) that can combine and conspire to drive an ordinary person to insanity.
2) Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime (1988)
Released: May, 1988.
Genres: Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal.
The concept: Dr. X, a political puppet master brainwashes Nikki, a street punk and heroin addict, to assassinate corrupt public figures. Along the way, Nikki falls in love with wayward nun Sister Mary. However, Dr. X sees her as a potential threat to his rise to political dominance and orders Nikki to kill her.
3) The Who – Tommy (1969)
Released: May, 1969.
Genres: Rock Opera, Rock, Art Rock, Progressive Rock.
The concept: A young boy (Tommy) is rendered deaf, dumb and blind upon witnessing the fatal shooting of his returning war hero father by his stepfather. He turns to pinball and becomes a pinball wizard and a rock star-like deity, before being rejected by his followers.
4) Marillion – Misplaced Childhood (1985)
Released: June, 1985.
The concept: A quasi-schizophrenic narrator guides the listener through a past littered with regret, sorrow and the occasional moment of joy. This is interspersed with narration from the present tense and ultimately leads to a redemption in the conclusion; the location of a lost childhood.
5) Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar (1996)
Released: October, 1996.
Genres: Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal.
6) Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
Released: November, 1974.
Genres: Progressive Rock, Rock Opera.
The concept: A Puerto-Rican juvenile delinquent named Rael, who lives in New York City, is swept underground to face bizarre creatures and nightmarish dangers in order to save his trapped brother John.
7) Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973)
Released: October, 1973.
Genres: Progressive Rock, Symphonic Prog, Symphonic Prog, Avant-Prog.
8) David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)
Released: June, 1972.
Genres: Glam Rock, Pop Rock , Art Rock, Rock Opera.
The concept: A Martian rock star named Ziggy Stardust arrives on Earth to deliver a simple message: let the children lead the way. However, during his time on Earth, he slowly starts to become a victim of his own rock-star excesses.
9) Rush – 2112 (1976)
Released: April, 1976.
Genres: Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Rock Opera.
10) Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)
Released: November, 1979.
Genres: Rock Opera, Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock.
The concept: Traces the life of a fictional rock star named Pink, who isolates himself from society by building a imaginary wall, each brick being a pain-inducing incident in his life (childhood abuse, rock stardom, etc). In this way, he is able to life a life free of emotional troubles, but he soon begins to question whether he has lost the ability to be human again.
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